2021 DATES

June 21 – July 23, M-F, 8 AM – 3 PM: Gateway Community College & Eli Whitney Technical High School, New Haven/Hamden, CT. Apply by June 10 – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

July 26 – Aug. 27, M-F, 8 AM – 3 PM: Middlesex Community College & Vinal Technical High School in Middletown, CT. Apply by July 7

Click APPLY NOW and complete all fields. You will receive an email from staff with next steps.


Hosted by local Adult Education departments, open to the public.

*NOTE DATE CHANGE* WED, May 26, 4:30 PM: Join via Google Meet: meet.google.com/cvr-xosz-ctp; or, Join by Phone: (980) 349-5461, PIN: 513425540.


WATCH THIS VIDEO >> to see an overview of manufacturing in Connecticut, job opportunities and skills required.

Skill Up includes:


Employers helped design the Skill Up program. They visit the class and attend special events to meet trainees and discuss job opportunities. Check out the EMPLOYER SITE >> to see all the companies that have already hired Skill Up grads.

See also:   List of Manufacturing Occupations

Meet Skill Up Students!


Middlesex Community College / Vinal Technical High School, Middletown, CT.: March 1 – April 2, 2021, 3 – 9 PM

Gateway Community College / Eli Whitney Technical High School, New Haven/Hamden, CT.: April 19 – May 21, 2021, 3:30-9:30 PM

Click APPLY NOW >> and indicate preferred training location. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, be a Connecticut resident and be able to work in the United States.


Once you apply, you’ll get an email in 24-48 hours inviting you to schedule an assessment covering shop math, ruler reading and spatial reasoning. Use these resources to prepare. BOOT CAMP offered to help applicants score higher.

Hassan Touil: Assembler

After completing his American GED credential, passing an English test and demonstrating math proficiency, Hassan completed Skill Up training in the summer of 2019 and now works for the Roto Frank Company. He also received forklift training through his employer.

Aziz Goktas: Press Assistant

One of the first to graduate from the 5-Week Intro class, Aziz used his past knowledge of architecture & engineering to excel in training and join Brook & Whittle LTD where he is earning a steady income.


Malathi Rayakota: Cleanroom Assembler

Malathi moved to Connecticut, but was only getting unskilled temp jobs. She wanted a pathway to a career. Skill Up gave her the fundamental background needed to enter the manufacturing industry. She is now employed full-time at ASML.

Skill Up is a program of Workforce Alliance and is funded through the Apprenticeship CT Initiative. Equal Opportunity Program. Auxiliary aids and accommodations available for persons with disabilities upon request. Contact Secure Jobs Coordinator Barbara Green at (203) 867-4030 x 239 or bgreen@workforcealliance.biz.